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  • The Craziest Place Melissa Joan Hart Breastfed

    Photo: Getty Images for Disney Paint / The BumpMom of three and star of Melissa & Joey (and Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Clarissa Explains It All!) shares why breastfeeding didn't come easily to her, how and why she stuck it out, and the funniest place she ever nursed.

    By Elena Donovan Mauer for TheBump.com

    The Bump: Did you always want to breastfeed?

    Melissa Joan Hart: My mom is a big advocate of breastfeeding. She has seven kids and breastfed all of us for about a year each and she was part of La Leche League. So I never really thought about anything but breastfeeding. I know that's the way my body works, and it's easy and healthy and it just helps them in so many ways and creates good bonding. Plus, it's free and you can do it anywhere. You don't have to remember formula or the bottle when you go out.

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    So I always found it to be convenient and also just the best option for the baby. But, that being said, I know a lot of women struggle with it and while I did think it

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  • Alyssa Milano's Breastfeeding Tales During Sex Scenes on Set

    Courtesy of Alyssa MilanoThe Mistresses (and Charmed and Who's the Boss) star lets us in on her most embarrassing breastfeeding moments. Plus, why she didn't succumb to the pressure to lose the baby weight right away.

    By Elena Donovan Mauer for TheBump.com

    The Bump: Did you always want to breastfeed?

    Alyssa Milano: Yes, I did actually. Before I had my son, Milo, I had my mind made up that I was going to try. I was very realistic in the fact that if it wasn't going to work out for me, then I would just choose the best formula. I was never one of those people that put that crazy, crazy pressure on myself. It was just something that I felt like I wanted to try.

    Then I gave birth, and Milo was such an amazing latcher. They put him on my chest, and he immediately tried to nurse on my nose. He just latched right to it and started sucking! Even though the first few weeks were very hard, he was so good at nursing that I felt like he was teaching me how to do it.

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  • 10 Not-So-Royal New-Daddy Realities Prince William Better Get Ready For

    By Kylie McConville for TheBump.com

    Getty Images / The BumpCongratulations to Prince William for joining Team Daddy! His little baby bundle, Prince George Alexander Louis arrived on Monday morning and we're sure that since then, things have been a little different for the new daddy.

    Even though Wills successfully strapped his boy in to his car seat (and breathed an adorable sigh of relief after it was over!), we're sure he's got a few questions about what to expect. That's where we come in! We thought we'd clue Will in on some new-dad realities he'll need to be ready for.

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    Our favorite resident daddies' at The Bump dished on the top things that Wills will need to be prepped for now that Prince George has arrived. Pip, pip, Prince! We're not in the Palace anymore!

    1. No. More. Sleep. FOREVER.

    2. Irrational and illogical behavior.

    More from The Bump: 10 things every dad needs to know

    3. Never being on time - ever again.

    4. Having a mini-me around!

    5. Stealthy

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  • Why I'm so Proud of Kate Middleton for Showing Off Her Postbaby Body

    By Leslie Goldman for TheBump.com

    Getty Images / The BumpHis Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge isn't the only one who made a big debut on Tuesday. The 8 lbs., 6 oz. little fella appeared on the hospital steps along with his proud papa, his beaming mama… and her postbaby bump.

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    : Not-so-princessy things Kate will have to do as a mom

    Yes, people, 'tis true: After women give birth, their stomachs typically take weeks, if not months, to deflate, as the uterus contracts, skin snaps back, water weight drains and pregnancy pounds are shed.

    And yet, this is the first celebrity-type new mom I can remember seeing with her postbaby bump so evident and just out there for the whole world (literally) to see. It almost seems purposeful to me - she appears to be cradling it with her hand, drawing her dress material in to highlight the roundness of her belly. Now, this might just be old habit; an ingrained move leftover from 40 weeks of pregnancy. But might it also be strategic? Part of her "I'm

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  • Is Kate Middleton Trying to Fake Us Out?

    By Kylie McConville for The Bump.com

    Getty Images / The BumpThere's a royal baby on the way and though the Palace's tight-lipped stance has left too much to the imagination, we know that Kate Middleton will deliver - and soon (she's days past her due date!).

    As details continue to trickle out (some totally false, while others carry a little bit of weight behind them), it's hard to keep up exactly what we can expect from the Duchess' grand delivery. Will Kate deliver at Lindo, like she's expected to or will she sneak out of London to give birth somewhere closer to her parents? Do they really know baby's gender? Have they picked a name?

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    Kate wouldn't be the first pregnant woman to let a little mystery swirl around her pregnancy. Moms-to-be choose decoy names, reveal fake due dates, keep baby's gender a surprise and make up reasons why no one aside from their husbands' can be in the delivery room when they deliver (hey, it happens!). A little

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  • By Kylie McConville for TheBump.com

    Getty Images / The BumpThere's a whole new generation of babies just hoping Kate Middleton delivers any minute now - and for good reason, too! According to Netvouchercodes.co.uk (a U.K. discounted shopping website), new U.K moms are actually willing to leave their newborns unnamed until Kate and Prince William deliver (and name) their own little he (or she).

    While the world waits with bated breath, the U.K. company surveyed 400 new mothers and found that more than 10 percent have put off naming their children until Clarence House announces the much-anticipated name of the royal baby. Luckily, laws in the U.K allow mothers to leave their children nameless for up to six weeks postpartum - which is a hell of a long time to wait before donning your own royal kid with a moniker (isn't it?).

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    Here's why mums in England are willing to wait before deciding on a name:

    "My husband and I have decided to wait to see what the

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  • Photos: Getty Images / Courtesy of Theo Fennell & SudocremPhotos: Getty Images / Courtesy of Theo Fennell & Sudocrem

    By Kylie McConville for TheBump.com

    Remember just last week when Kate Middleton and Prince William received their first royal baby gift and it was a cardboard box? Well, the gifts keep on rollin' in - and this week, they're even crazier! Kate was reportedly given a $15,000 bracelet that doubles as a diaper cream holder.

    I kid you not, folks - a bracelet that moonlights as a portable diaper cream container. Modern marvels, y'all!

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    British jeweler Theo Fennell, whose long list of celebrity clientele includes David and Victoria Beckham, Elton John and Madonna, has gifted the royal mum-to-be with his most lavish, over-the-top creation yet! Fennell was commissioned by Sudocrem (an antiseptic healing cream company) to create a jewel-encrusted 18-karat white gold charm bracelet that doubles as a diaper rash cream holder. Worth more than $15,000, the bracelet is designed to keep Kate looking posh and elegant as ever even when she's applying rash

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  • Getty Images / The BumpBy Kylie McConville for TheBump.com

    Not sure about y'all, but with so much attention on Kate Middleton and the impending arrival of the royal baby, it's hard to focus on anything but the Duchess and her due date. While the Lindo Wing and an expert staff of doctors, nurses and security staff prep for her much buzzed about delivery and, consequently, the most important moment of their lives, across the pond we're wishing we could experience the royal birthing treatment.

    More from The Bump: Kate Middleton pregnancy central!

    But just how different is Kate's labor expected to be from our very own customs? We're getting to the bottom of it in a Battle of the Births: United Kingdom versus the United States.

    Check it out!


    Inside the delivery room:

    The Brits


    A British midwife sat down with ABC News to give us the inside scoop on what the Lindo Wing actually looks like - from the inside. Regina Curran said, "It's a beautiful unit. It's got all the facilities that any woman would need in labor. She's

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  • Baby Gear You Need and What to Skip

    Shutterstock / The BumpAs a mom-to-be, you're getting told left and right what you need to have for baby. Your friends and family mean well, but they aren't going to be the ones footing the bill for all this stuff. We make it easy for you by letting you know what you really need and what you can live without.

    By Shannon Guyton for TheBump.com

    Worth the splurge:


    If you're breastfeeding, get a great breast pump: These can be pricey, but if you plan to breastfeed longer than a few months, it's worth the investment (vs. renting). You want to be comfortable (or as comfortable as you can be when the machine is pulling your boobs into a construction-cone shape), and you want to get as much "liquid gold" out as you can. Expressing milk with a pump can help you go out with your friends again, let you share feedings with your partner and other things that will help you feel like you again. Denise and Alan Fields gathered tons of research and real-mom reviews for their best-selling book Baby Bargains -- they recommend

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  • The Most Embarrassing Pregnancy Sex Issues Ever!

    Stuff's going on with your body and your sex life that you're afraid to tell anyone.

    By Elena Donovan Mauer for TheBump.com

    Thinkstock / The BumpSex is how you got into this situation in the first place. Who knew it could change this much so quickly? "For couples, pregnancy is probably the first time there's a change in their sex life since they've been together," says Judith Steinhart, a New York City-based clinical sexologist and sexuality educator. "I would like to think it prepares people for the changes that will happen over their lifetime together." But some of this stuff is gross, weird and uncomfortable -- how do you deal?

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    Issue #1: Feeling fat

    Obviously, you are supposed to be gaining weight, but you can't help but feel big and unattractive.

    How to deal: Change your way of talking to yourself. "It's not easy, but you have to tell yourself you're still you and you're still lovely and maybe lovelier, and instead of saying, 'I'm so fat,' say,

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